A Goofy Movie
A Goofy Movie is a 1995 animated musical adventure comedy-drama film, produced by Disney MovieToons and Walt Disney Television Animation. The animated directorial debut of Kevin Lima, the film is based on The Disney Afternoon television series Goof Troop created by Mike Peraza, and acts as a follow-up to the show.
Disney came up with the idea to make a theatrical animated film starring Goofy while considering ideas for a potential Goof Troop TV special. Lima wanted to flesh out Goofy as a character and "give him an emotional side" that would resonate with audiences. Much of the cast from the show reprised their roles, including Farmer as Goofy, Paulsen as PJ, and Cummings as Pete, whereas Dana Hill was replaced by Marsden as Max's voice due to the character's age difference. R&B artist Tevin Campbell provided the vocals for Powerline, a fictitious music celebrity who prominently appears in the movie, singing the songs "Stand Out" and "I2I".
When Max makes a preposterous promise to a girl he has a crush on, his chances to fulfilling it seem hopeless when he is dragged onto a cross-country trip with his embarrassing father, Goofy who wants to bond with him during the summer vacation.
- The film serves fantastically as an awesome follow-up to the TV show, Goof Troop.
- This film notably expands and gives more depth in Goofy's personality, including exploring previously hidden aspects of his character, where here audiences get to see an emotional side of the character's narrative as opposed to just his comedic antics, hence enabling Goofy have a more complex and fleshed-out characterization aside from just being comic relief which makes him capable to carry the film on his own as the main protagonist.
- The music is definitely bearable, whereas with most musical animated films the songs can really grate on the nerves.
- It gives an accurate representation of adolescent life in an uplifting, comedic, and often heartwarming fashion.
- The animation is fantastic, fluid, and nice-looking with the boldest, fast-paced traditionally animated scenes in a Disney animated film made by it's direct-to-video studio.
- The songs are great, with wonderfully sung, amazingly choreographed and animated music segments like Stand Out, On the Open Road, Eye to Eye, and Nobody Else But You.
- The screenplay is superb, with a tight script that truly reaches out to kids, teens, and adults.
- The voices fit each character perfectly, especially with a wide voice cast consisting of Jason Marsden, Bill Farmer, Kellie Martin, Jim Cummings, Rob Paulsen, and guest stars Pauly Shore and Wallace Shawn.
- Many nice cinematic effects with some intelligent cinematography and colorful painted backdrops. For example, in the scene where Goofy was on the phone with the principal and began to develop a fear and worry for Max's future. And as the principal continues to speak and Goofy's worries deepen, the lighting in the scene got darker and darker.
- The sensational expression of the characters as a result of it's bright and smooth animation.
- The movie captures the relation between a dysfunctional father and son perfectly. As Goofy deeply desires to bond and become closer to his teenage son, Max, all the while Max is more concerned about impressing and getting together with his girlfriend, Roxanne, and forgets how much his father means to him in process, and by the end, he realizes how much Goofy loves him.
- There are also mature and changeling moments sprinkled throughout the movie. Like the awkward love being displayed between Max and Goofy and Goofy and Pete's incredibly real conversation in the hot tub.
- Speaking of Max's dynamic with Goofy, it provides a great deal in maturity in an otherwise quirky and comedic adventure.
- On the subject of mature moments, at one point, there's a scene where Goofy gets seriously angry and it actually works.
- Max and Roxanne's chemistry is also done pretty well here. It's complex but also extremely adorable and endearing.
- Great Ending: Goofy and Max make it to the concert, and while attempting to sneak backstage, they end up onstage and dance with Powerline, watched by Pete, P.J. and Roxanne on separate televisions. Goofy and Max later return to Roxanne's house in their damaged car. Max tells the truth to Roxanne, though she accepts it and admits she always had feelings for him, ever since the first time she ever heard him utter his father's trademark laugh; thus, a relationship starts between them. Goofy's car suddenly explodes because of the damage it had sustained, ejecting Goofy in the process, who then falls through the porch roof of Roxanne's house, and Max proceeds to introduce him to Roxanne.
- The movie has great new characters with Roxanne being the best (Well, mainly 'cause she's beautiful).
- The film’s abundance of 90’s references and iconography can come off as a bit dated, but can also be part of its charm for some.
- Some viewers may find Max's attitude toward his father off-putting, but otherwise is a fairly relatable character.
- Max's nightmare scene from the beginning of the movie is very disturbing.
- Max was used to be a laughingstock at the start of the movie to the point that his father embarrasses him when he is around, making Max Goof a butt-monkey.
- Some scenes prominently use a lot of bright and rapidly flashing lights, which may trigger some people with epilepsy.
- Principal Mazur calling Goofy by threatening him about his son Max facing the capital punishment might be too much for a G-rated movie and a very cruel punishment for his troubles.
- Max gets mad at his father for not wanting to go on a stupid vacation, as the car plunges into the river.
- Pete is a more jerky father towards PJ and a jerky friend towards Goofy.
- Along with An Extremely Goofy Movie, A Goofy Movie is not a perfect Disney film, because the original Goof Troop series is considered better than Goofy movies.